Posts Tagged ‘stella’

Looking back at (a sunny) July 2008

I seem to have lost my blogging mojo so I thought I’d post some photos from last year, back when the sun was something warm, comforting and familiar, not a distant memory like it has been this July!

Midge - 1 July 2008

Midge - 1 July 2008

Bailey and Queenie - 4 July 2008

Bailey and Queenie - 4 July 2008

Brini - 20 July 2008

Brini - 20 July 2008

Captain Flint and pals - 20 July 2008

Captain Flint and pals - 20 July 2008

Harold and family - 21 July 2008

Harold and family - 21 July 2008

Scrumpy, Tia, Stella and Brusco - 22 July 2008

Scrumpy, Tia, Stella and Brusco - 22 July 2008

Snipe, Midge and Teal - 29 July 2008

Snipe, Midge and Teal - 29 July 2008

The view from Mum's front gate - 29 July 2008

The view from Mum's front gate - 29 July 2008

Maybe August will see the sun return – and with it, my blogging inspiration!

Looking back

It’s been a while since I posted any photos from our year living at my mother’s smallholding in West Wales, so I thought I’d break my blogging silence (no reason, just busy) with some of my favourites pics. There are quite a few, sorry about that!

The view from mum's front gate - 8 April 2008

The view from mum's front gate - 8 April 2008

The view from mum's front gate - 15 April 2008

The view from mum's front gate - 15 April 2008

The view from mum's front gate - 17 April 2008

The view from mum's front gate - 17 April 2008

The ponies, pigs and chickens all get their breakfast - 29 April 2008

The ponies, pigs and chickens all get their breakfast - 29 April 2008

Snipe decided to help us replace the guttering - 29 April 2008

Snipe decided to help us replace the guttering - 29 April 2008

Queenie - 4 May 2008

Queenie - 4 May 2008

The view from mum's front gate - 5 May 2008

The view from mum's front gate - 5 May 2008

Tia and Bob decide to use the entrance to the chickens' yard and house as the perfect snoozing place - 8 May 2008

Tia and Bob decide to use the entrance to the chickens' yard and house as the perfect snoozing place - 8 May 2008

Shutterfly the Section A yearling meets Stella the Kune Kune - 10 May 2008

Shutterfly the Section A yearling meets Stella the Kune Kune - 10 May 2008

Stella makes the perfect wallow - 10 May 2008

Stella makes the perfect wallow - 10 May 2008

Some of mum's Section A mares and foals - 13 May 2008

Some of mum's Section A mares and foals - 13 May 2008

Ted, mum's Section A stallion - 13 May 2008

Ted, mum's Section A stallion - 13 May 2008

Snoring like… pigs!

This is the photo of my Kune Kunes last year:

The Kune Kunes - 27 March 2008

The Kune Kunes - 27 March 2008

Tia’s the one at the back, with Scrumpy on the left and Stella on the right.

They stayed like that for hours. In fact, they only woke up when I went to check that they were, in fact, asleep…!

Animal-tastic

Another round of photos from last year when we lived at mum’s:

The view from Mum's yard gate - 17 March 2008

The view from Mum's yard gate - 17 March 2008

Ted meets the Kune Kunes - 17 March 2008

Ted meets the Kune Kunes - 17 March 2008

Mac - 17 March 2008

Mac - 17 March 2008

Albert and Victoria - 17 March 2008

Albert and Victoria - 17 March 2008

Pigs in the sun

Some more photos of my Kune Kunes from last year:

Stella - 11 March 2008

Stella - 11 March 2008

Tia - 11 March 2008

Tia - 11 March 2008

Scrumpy - 11 March 2008

Scrumpy - 11 March 2008

I still can’t get over how much Tia has changed in twelve months. In the photo above she looks so scrawny and unkept… bless her!

Ugly pig!

Not the most flattering photo of Stella in the world!

Stella - 7 March 2008

Stella - 7 March 2008

Scrumpy, Tia and Stella: outdoors at last!

Last year, after a tough couple of days persuading my new Kune Kunes that they couldn’t go outside until they stopped squabbling, I gave in and let them out in the sunshine after being woken at sunrise by Stella in the garden, who had smashed open the shed door (well, pallet*) and the garden gate to make her point.

So, I moved Vicky and Albert out of the old chicken run and into the field, on the grounds that, being bucket trained and used to going out every morning for their breakfast and coming back in at dusk for their tea, it was a lot more likely that I’d get them back than the Kunes, and put said terrible trio in the chicken run (still called that after a decade without any chickens).

It was such a gorgeous day, I don’t blame them for wanting to get out into the sunshine!

Scrumpy and Tia stretch out in the sun - 4 March 2008

Scrumpy and Tia stretch out in the sun - 4 March 2008

Not a very flattering photo of Stella - 4 March 2008

Not a very flattering photo of Stella - 4 March 2008

* Said pallet was thereafter reinforced by tying two big concrete blocks to its base. They tried and tried but could no longer lift it!

A peaceful day

The view from Mum's front gate - 28 February 2008

The view from Mum's front gate - 28 February 2008

Stella, my first Kune Kune pig - 28 February 2008

Stella, my first Kune Kune pig - 28 February 2008

Stella the Kune Kune

Wow, it’s been a whole year since I bought my first Kune Kune pig: a massive beast we called Stella. I sold her last August, along with Brini’s litter sister, Brusco, to a friend of Mum’s who wanted some grazers to mow his 7 acres without needing the attention (and paperwork) of cattle, sheep or goats.

He fell for Stella the first time he saw her, which was a relief as when I say she was a beast, I meant it.

Most Kune Kunes are gentle, loving creatures.

Not Stella.

In the six months I owned her, she bit me more times than any other individual animal – or indeed, group of animals. In 30 years, I’ve been bitten by four different dogs and while the cats always have a good go, it’s more scratching with them. I’ve been kicked by three horses and bitten by just two and my hamster once bit me good and proper on the tip of my finger. The rabbit and guinea pig only ever managed to chew through my clothing but never my flesh. I’ve been stung by one bee, one hornet and several wasps. A monkey once tried to bite me. I narrowly avoided being bitten by an extremely venomous snake in Argentina when I was six.

But Stella took chucks out of me on a regular basis. She was grumpy, moody and a law unto herself.

I’m amazed I kept on going with the breed and bought Scrumpy and Tia!

I had originally wanted one or two weaners to keep as pets, and run them alongside a meat pig, so that we could get one for the freezer at a time instead of two together (47kg of sausages!!!) but the ones we saw near us were way out of my budget and while we were on the lookout for more adverts for Kune Kune piglets, we saw one for an adult Kune Kune.

The breeder we saw with the expensive piglets told us about using them for meat as well as pets, which is where we got the idea to breed Kune Kunes. So, seeing an advert for a reasonably priced adult sow that we could, in theory, start breeding from immediately, seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.

Ha!

Still, like I said, having bought Stella and discovered the downside of her personality, we saw an advert a couple of weeks later for more adult Kune Kunes for sale and rang up for some advise on handling our new pig.

The rest, as they say, is a story for another day.

Update: I originally published this on 27/2/09 but looking back in my records, I actually collected Stella on 25/2/08 not the 27th! So I’ve changed the date of publication, just to avoid any confusion next year!!!!